7X PGA Tour Winner’s Extremely Rare Moment Sparks Heated Debate in The Golf Community

Published 01/23/2023, 3:50 AM EST
Aug 26, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Xander Schauffele tees off on the 3rd hole during the second round of the TOUR Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Tour pro Xander Schauffele is the hot topic of discussion today due to his recent performance. Golfweek has posted a tweet asking, “Xander Schauffele made a 2 on the par-5 5th hole at the 2023 American Express on Sunday. Is that a double eagle on an albatross?” Undoubtedly golf world shared their reactions to the golfer’s amazing shots.

Davis Thompson, the well-known PGA Tour rookie, was an emerging star in the event lately. However, Schauffele has taken all the limelight. On Sunday, the European tour winner started the final round with eight shots back of co-leaders Jon Rahm and Thompson. They tied both golfers up for the final. However, Schauffele did not have a great start yesterday. But the miracle finally happened when he made par on his first four holes before he teed off on the par-5 5th.

Did fans feel the same magic? Let’s find out what happened.

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Was it an albatross or an eagle for Xander Schauffele?

The American golfer had to take a long second shot over a lake to get to the green after driving his ball 314 yards. However, his ball barely cleared the water from 225 yards away. It fell softly and then began to track in the direction of the hole. Then the ball rolled into the hole, like a putt for an albatross two on a par 5. The seven-time PGA Tour winner drove the 535-yard par-5 fifth hole to the right side of the fairway, and with his 226-yard approach ball, he knocked it in for an albatross. As a result, Schauffele’s round score increased to 3 under.

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At 18 under, the three-shot swing propelled the golfer into the top 10. Later, he would shoot a final-round 62 to finish at 25 under. They have recorded ten double eagles in the 64-year history of the American Express, but Schauffele’s was the first to be noted on the Stadium Course. According to Todd Kelly of Golfweek, it was the first albatross on the PGA Tour since Stephan Jaeger’s shot in the last round of the 2022 John Deere Classic.

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Team USA golfer Xander Schauffele celebrates clinching the win for Team USA on the 18th green during the singles match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, the golf fans were crazing about the debate if it was a double eagle or an albatross. One Twitter user did his math and concluded, “If an eagle is -2. Then double is -4. This is -3, so NOT a double eagle.” Other users focused on the definition and said, “Albatross.. a double eagle by definition should be 4 better than par.” Some golf fans also posed questions regarding the shots’ names and relevance. “Question: why are eagle and albatross more specific and birdie more generic? Why not hawk or owl or robin?”

Let’s take a look at a few more POVs of golf enthusiasts.

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Do you agree with Golfweek that it was a rare albatross? Or do you think differently? Let us know in the comments.

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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

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